St. Francis, a member of Catholic Health East and Delaware’s only Catholic Hospital, has been serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. In 2007 and 2008, St. Francis Hospital was recognized by HealthGrades, the Nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company, as being in the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement and gastro-intestinal surgeries and procedures. In 2006 St. Francis launched the Delaware’s first daVinci Surgical Program. The St. Francis Robotic Institute of Delaware boasts one of the most comprehensive and experienced minimally invasive daVinci surgical teams in the region. In 2008 St. Francis Hospital launched the Peripheral Vascular Institute, which offers a multidisciplinary team approach to early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular problems.
St. Francis is the first and only hospital in Delaware to offer new Diamondback 360° Orbital Atherectomy technology, which designed to remove plaque—including calcium—in the legs. The St. Francis Heart Center is beating national averages with faster treatment, fewer complications, shorter recovery times and better results for your heart. The St. Francis Heart Center provides a full range of cardiac services, from expanded cardiac catheterization services to a broad range of treatment options, including bypass and other surgery and rehabilitation. St. Francis is a full-service community hospital, and women’s health is one of its specialties. In 2008 the hospital introduced the St. Francis Emergency Medical Services department, which holds the city of Wilmington's 911 contract.
Another vital part of the healthcare system is the Franciscan Care Center at Brackenville. The center provides long-term care and restorative nursing care, along with rehabilitation services. Other services offered at the Wilmington campus include 24-hour emergency services with Level 4 Trauma designation with fast-track minor emergency care, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, wound care, a sleep-neurodiagnostics center, pain center, home care, rehabilitation and imaging services. Community outreach efforts consist of the Center of Hope, a family practice center in Newark, the Tiny Steps prenatal program for low-income pregnant women, and the St. Clare Van, which provides medical care to the uninsured.